Surrey, B.C. – In the fifth year of Central City’s annual autism fundraising initiative the craft beer aligned with the program is changing. April is Autism Awareness Month and Central City Brewers + Distillers has shifted to the new Red Racer PILS for Autism fundraising initiative for Simon Fraser University’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) research for children with autism.
Central City will donate $2 from every 6-pack of 355ml cans and $0.25 from every 473ml can of specially marked Red Racer PILS to autism research. In addition, $0.25 from every pint of IPA sold at participating BC restaurants and pubs during the month of April will also be donated. Red Racer PILS is one of Central City’s best-selling craft beers and is available in most Canadian provinces. Since 2012, Central City has raised more than $350,000 for autism research.
Autism now affects an estimated 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. It is the fastest growing developmental disorder with diagnosis rates doubling in the past 10 years. Autism is treatable and with the right support, those affected can thrive. Central City Brewers & Distillers has teamed up with Simon Fraser University to run ground-breaking Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) research. Early and encouraging results suggest that one treatment in particular, HBOT, can improve communication and behavior in children with autism. Further research, however, is needed to conclusively establish if HBOT is an effective treatment for autism.
Darryll Frost, president and founder of Central City, is the father of Seven -year-old Callum, who was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder, a type of autism, when he was only two and a half years old. Darryll and his wife Lee invested in a variety of treatments for Callum and found that by combining the GAPS diet with ABA and HBOT, Callum’s development drastically improved.
“The change in my son was night and day. What started as a severe case has improved greatly since beginning treatment. Callum is now a happy Seven-year-old, who lives a happy, normal life. HBOT treatment has enabled this to happen”.
“We realized the opportunity of HBOT early and are convinced it helped Callum. We believe that with more research it can also help other children with autism. This is why we’ve teamed up with Simon Fraser University to run the HBOT-MEG study to look into the science behind how HBOT works for children with autism,” says Frost.
The autism HBOT-MEG study at SFU is the first in Canada that specifically studies the effectiveness of using hyperbaric oxygen therapy on children with autism. Included in the research is the use of MEG neuroimaging to evaluate whether HBOT can positively impact brain activity underlying cognition and behaviour in children with autism.
The team of SFU researchers includes Dr. Sam Doesburg, one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, and Sherri Ferguson, Director of SFU’s Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit (EMPU), home to Canada’s only civilian research hyper/hypobaric chamber.
Central City is proud to support Autism research and to be a founding supporter of Simon Fraser Universities HBOT program. The PILS for Autism fundraising initiative is expected to raise in excess of $100,000 during 2017. With continued effort it is hoped that one day a cure for Autism will be found.
Central City also plans to organize an autism fundraising auction later this year. For more information on Central City’s PILS for Autism fundraising initiative and to view a full list of sponsors, please visit http://centralcitybrewing.com/about-us/autism-program/.
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About Central City Brewers + Distillers:
Central City is a craft brewery and distillery in the business of developing, producing and selling international award-winning, premium craft beer and high quality distilled spirits, brewed without compromise. Based in Surrey, British Columbia, CCBD was voted Canada’s Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Their Red Racer brand has become a cult icon among craft beer enthusiasts throughout North America. Founded in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, CCBD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the grand opening of a brand new, 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive. It opened a second restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Central City on Beatty, in 2015.
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